Vegan Mannion insists Dubs are hungrier than ever

January 17, 2020

Dublin's Paul Mannion. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.

Paul Mannion insists Dublin have no intention of resting on their laurels after completing an historic five-in-a-row of All-Ireland SFC titles.

Speaking at the launch of eir Sport's 2020 Allianz League coverage on Wednesday, the Kilmacud Crokes attacker stressed that the Dubs have lost none of their hunger as they seek to break more records.

“We’ve had a few months off to celebrate and reflect on that achievement and now we’re focusing on where can we actually go from here. And just trying to move that ceiling, I guess, and just focus on one game at a time and trying to get better as individuals and as a team and see where that takes us. When we’re all retired we can all look back on it," Mannion explained to the Irish Times.

“It really wasn’t so much: ‘Here we go for five and we’ll all ride off into the sunset’. It was nothing like that at all. Stephen Cluxton is a great example of that. He won Footballer of the Year, five All-Irelands in a row, captain through it all, and people might have thought that it was a good time for him to step away, but I’ve never seen him more hungry and looking forward to a new season.

“I think that’s really set the tone and everyone is dying to get back in and see how far we can actually can go and not stop at five.”

Mannion also explained how climate change was a factor in his decision to become a vegan last year.

"It's just a more sustainable way of eating - environmentally sustainable. I read up a lot about it in the couple of years before and I'm sure you all know yourselves the talk around climate change and the crisis that we're in in that sense.

"To me, to change my diet was the easiest thing that I could do," he added.

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